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Late May claim for Windows 8 RC jibes with expected timetable

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    Late May claim for Windows 8 RC jibes with expected timetable


    The time frame fits into a familiar pattern previously seen with 7.

    Late May claim for Windows 8 RC jibes with expected timetable


    Dutch blog reports next major milestone due in two months

    By Gregg Keizer

    March 26, 2012 02:37 PM ET


    Computerworld - Microsoft will launch the "release candidate" of Windows 8 in late May or early June, according to a Saturday report by a Dutch blog.

    That launch window for the Windows 8 Release Candidate, or RC -- a label for nearly-finished software issued one final time for bug review -- fits with earlier reports claiming the new operating system will go on sale this October.


    On Saturday, the WinUnleaked.tk website asserted that, "We know the Release Candidate of Windows 8 will be shared with the public between the end of May [and] the beginning of June." It did not cite any sources for those dates, however.


    A week ago, Bloomberg said that computer and tablet makers will have Windows 8-powered PCs and devices ready to sell in October 2012.


    The late May-early June talk of Windows 8 RC availability fits the expectations of analyst Michael Cherry of Directions on Microsoft, who last week said Microsoft appeared to be using a schedule that will deliver a release candidate three months after the February 29, 2012, Consumer Preview, with the RTM, or "release to manufacturing," milestone three months after that.


    If Cherry is right, that would put Windows 8 RC's debut at the end of May and RTM at the end of August.
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    (Note the 7 RTM release was seen on August 6, 2009)

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    Wait, was Windows 7 RTMed in August? I remember that was still Release Candidate for I remember very well that I had to install the RC on my old Dell puter since xp wasn't activated.

    I place 10 cents that Windows 8 will RTM in late August or mid-September, right in time for the back to school shopping season for tablets and slates with Windows 8 on them. I say this since PC manufacturers were ticked that 7 was released after the fact and missed the season.
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    August sounds about right. The drivers' (and compiled build) dates are July 13, 2009.
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    Windows 7 dates:

    Beta - December 27, 2008
    RC - April 30, 2009
    RTM - July 22, 2009
    In Shops - October 22, 2009

    Windows 8:

    Director of Windows PR Janelle Poole:

    "One of the things that I think is a good guideline though is we've always said that Windows releases come round about every three years and this year will be three years in October since we launched Windows 7. So I think that's a good guideline to consider."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calico View Post
    Windows 7 dates:

    Beta - December 27, 2008
    RC - April 30, 2009
    RTM - July 22, 2009
    In Shops - October 22, 2009

    Windows 8:

    Director of Windows PR Janelle Poole:
    "One of the things that I think is a good guideline though is we've always said that Windows releases come round about every three years and this year will be three years in October since we launched Windows 7. So I think that's a good guideline to consider."


    Hi there
    Gosh has it already been 3 years since W7 was released --really it seems like yesterday -- and I remember the fun we had around April time back then playing with various builds that were released "into the wild".

    Looks like MS has got its finger on the lid more securely this time --but I'm sure leaks will appear sooner or later.

    Cheers
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    If anything has enough holes in it, there will be leaks
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    Hi Hanna, welcome.

    By any chance, have you seen Zukona around anywhere?

    If not, how about Solar?

    Zuuuuukkkkkoooooooooonnnnnnaaaaaa where are you? haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calico View Post
    Windows 7 dates:

    Beta - December 27, 2008
    RC - April 30, 2009
    RTM - July 22, 2009
    In Shops - October 22, 2009

    Windows 8:

    Director of Windows PR Janelle Poole:
    "One of the things that I think is a good guideline though is we've always said that Windows releases come round about every three years and this year will be three years in October since we launched Windows 7. So I think that's a good guideline to consider."
    For non TechNet or MSDN subscribers you have the dates premature there. The participant signup for beta testing release dates were:

    Jan 31, 2009 7000 build Beta
    May 5 or 6 in that time 2009 RC 7100
    August 6 for paid subscribers RTM
    Oct. 22, 2009 retail release and retail order taking.

    The reason I say order taking is that stores didn't actually have the disks only display sleeves on shelves. You paid and then waited days for the edition to be shipped out from their warehouse or supplier.

    (I can remember ordering online from one vendor and the plastic case came in all crushed and broken when ordering 7 as a gift for someone! )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Calico View Post
    Windows 7 dates:

    Beta - December 27, 2008
    RC - April 30, 2009
    RTM - July 22, 2009
    In Shops - October 22, 2009

    Windows 8:

    Director of Windows PR Janelle Poole:
    "One of the things that I think is a good guideline though is we've always said that Windows releases come round about every three years and this year will be three years in October since we launched Windows 7. So I think that's a good guideline to consider."
    For non TechNet or MSDN subscribers you have the dates premature there. The participant signup for beta testing release dates were:

    Jan 31, 2009 7000 build Beta
    May 5 or 6 in that time 2009 RC 7100
    August 6 for paid subscribers RTM
    Oct. 22, 2009 retail release and retail order taking.

    The reason I say order taking is that stores didn't actually have the disks only display sleeves on shelves. You paid and then waited days for the edition to be shipped out from their warehouse or supplier.

    (I can remember ordering online from one vendor and the plastic case came in all crushed and broken when ordering 7 as a gift for someone! )
    You're quite right. I should have clarified in my post. The dates I used, are independent of the release dates to various entities, such as OEM/MSDN/Technet/Connect/Joe public etc. I got these for the Windows 7 Team Blog.
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